October 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo & Excuses

Some of you may be asking 'What is NaNoWriMo?' NaNoWriMo, aka NaNo, is National Novel Writing Month. Simply put it's: write a 50,000 word novel from scratch in a month. Yup, thirty days from Chapter One to The End.

I first heard about NaNo a few years back and I'll tell you my first reaction was no freakin' way can I do that! Earlier this year I thought about it again. Really thought about it, and figured I not only can, I will.


Step One: Stop with the excuses. We've all used them.

"I don't have time."
"November isn't a good month for me what with the holiday and family get-togethers."

Heck, I bet you've even used or heard a fellow author say:

"I have too much housework to write today."  or
"I'll write after I do the laundry."

You get the idea. As mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, friends, & writers we're full of reasons  why we don't get enough words on the page. I should know, I'm the reigning queen of excuses.

The heck with that. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year.

Sort of.

As I stated above, NaNo is about writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch in a month's time. I have about 30,000 words of MIDNIGHT HEAT completed. So my NaNo goal? Get the other 50,000 on the page. Words on the page are words on the page, right?

So this is my goal. My very own kick in the pants to get my WIP done. I will write 50,000 new words in the month of November.

*big gulp*

To try to stay on task and as motivation, I've posted a counter on the top of the blog to keep track of my word count. (I will only keep track of the new words, not what has already been written.) As more motivation, I've designed myself a cover, which I will post in a couple of days along with the back cover blurb I've done for the book.

Wish me luck! I'll need it.


LaVerne Clark said...

All the very best of luck Sarah! You can do it!! (and you're braver than me) : )

Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks for the encouragement, LaVerne!

P.S. I'm not sure brave is what I am. Crazy would be more accurate. LOL